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it's probably the most important cultural event in the history of america. >> and out swarmed a whole generation of freaks. >> what guys seem to get off on. they like these high-energy sort of events. >> if the sight and sound of soul is your pleasure, you can bet your bottom dollar we've got them, baby. >> unless you've been living in a sealed cave, you probably noticed that america's latest craze is disco dancing. >> this is punk rock, and its purpose is to promote violence, sex and destruction in that order. >> rock and roll is pure stamina! ♪
♪ ♪ rock singer jimi hendrix died today in london, according to a police source from an overdose of drugs. >> janis joplin was found dead last night. the cause of death was said to be an overdose of drugs. >> jim morrison, the lead singer for the doors, a rock music group, is dead. he was 27. >> the early years of the '70s
were sad in music because you lose people and you lose the beatles. >> this small gathering on savile row is only the beginning. the event is so momentous that historians may one day view it as a landmark in the decline of the british empire. the beatles are breaking up. >> it was like a death for a lot of people. rock and roll as we understood in the 1960s was no longer with us. >> there could never be another beatles. never. ♪ >> and i wonder what i'm doing here with no drummers or nothing like that. you might know i lost my old band, or i left it. ♪ imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try ♪ >> for so long you kind of waited for the next beatles
album to see where music was going. and we just hoped the music they came up with individually would be that good. >> i don't no longer have, oh, the beatles need an album. you and paul better go write 20 songs tomorrow kind of thing. i just write when i feel like it. ♪ imagine all the people >> yoko, you have been called the dragon lady who took the beatles apart. >> please give her credit for all the nice music that george made and ringo made and paul made and i've made since we broke up. she did it. >> the fact is that yoko ono did not break up the beatles. time broke up the beatles, money broke up the beatles. business broke up the beatles. the desire to go off and do their own stuff broke up the beatles. >> he's a fleshier, heavier beatle these days, respectfully married. when the kids come to his concerts, they don't scream anymore, they listen. >> the significant thing is both john lennon and paul mccartney made music in their own particular ways that was focused
on the fact they were deeply in love with a woman. ♪ but i'm not the only one >> mccartney went home and made that record where he plays all the instruments on his own. this kind of cozy domesticity, beautiful, wonderful, warm music. >> it's going to look roughly like this. this is our first showing of it. >> this is just the mock-up, folks. >> the new album. >> it's going to be called "ringo's reviewer." >> i sell records. in got the beatles or not. it doesn't matter if i've been in the beatles or not. if they don't like the record they won't buy it. >> ringo, who to this day people dismiss way too much, has tremendous success in the '70s. and george harrison, who had been stockpiling these amazing songs, explodes like a supernova on an album called "all things must pass." maybe the greatest beatles solo album of all. ♪ you don't need no passport ♪ you don't need no visas
>> over the years i had such a lot of stockpile of songs i wanted to do. but i only got a quota of one or two tunes per album. >> were you held down by the other fellows? >> well very subtly, yes. ♪ >> i would just like to thank you all for coming here. as you all know, it's a special benefit concert. ♪ >> ravi shankhar went to george harrison and said this terrible thing is happening in bangladesh, what can we do? and that created the first major superstar benefit concert ever done. >> the concert for bangladesh was the granddaddy of all issue-themed concerts. and not only did you get george harrison, you got eric clapton. >> it got dylan out of hiding. it put two beatles back on the stage again. it was unparalleled at the time and may still be unparalleled. ♪
>> a great deal of music of the '70s was people who had succeeded in the '60s finding new ways to express themselves in the '70s. >> have you any idea why your group particularly has lasted as long as it has? >> because we stayed together i suppose. >> for a few years, the rolling stones had taken a lot of casualties. >> even brian felt he wasn't going to be around that long. not everybody makes it. >> they were fighting for like where do we secure our foothold now? ♪ >> 1971, the rolling stones leave their home for tax purposes to go live in france. and record this record, "exile on main street." in a very hot, uncomfortable, muddy-sounding studio.
♪ baby, i can't stay you got to roll me ♪ ♪ and call me the tumbling dice ♪ >> that record is the embodiment of a band making masterpieces on a daily basis. and i remember reading a review saying this is like a debauched album. i was like i don't even know what debauched means but i've got to get some of this debauchery stuff. ♪ baby, i can't stay ♪ you got to roll me and call me the tumbling ♪ ♪ roll me and call me the tumbling dice ♪ >> having come out of the '60s which was its own animal, the '70s had to show a new skin. it had to shed the old one. ♪ ♪ ooh, yeah >> i was never very confident of my voice as a singer.
i thought rather than just sing them, which would probably bore the pants off everybody, i would like to kind of portray the songs. ♪ then i turned myself to face me ♪ ♪ and i never caught a glimpse >> david bowie has always been a game-changer. he really is taking the promise of rock that the beatles kicked off and he's taking it all sorts of interesting places for others to follow. ♪ changes, changes ♪ turn and face the strange ♪ changes ♪ pretty soon now you're going to get older ♪ ♪ time may change me ♪ but i can't trace time ♪ i said that time may change me i can't trace time ♪
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roll band i'm your biggest fan california, i'm coming home ♪ >> you look to the horizon that you want to move toward. and that horizon was here in l.a. >> that's where the record companies were. and there's lots of sun. >> the way i got to california was just really simple. i got there in a '57 chevy by skipping my finals that year in college. >> virtually no one was from southern california. they're all drawn to the light. and the light is the troubadour club. >> things happened gradually until we played the troubadour club in los angeles. which holds 250 people. it just happened on the first night. >> every great songwriter i can think of came through the troubadour, jackson brown, j.d., henley and frey, linda ronstadt, kristofferson, joni mitchell, james taylor. >> the big sea change was people writing their own songs and expressing themselves. >> is it difficult to reveal yourself constantly to so many people? why do you do this? >> i feel an obligation to
myself and to people to try and share myself. maybe as honestly as i can. ♪ i left my folk and friends with the aim to clear my mind out ♪ ♪ well i hit the rowdy road and many kinds i met there ♪ ♪ many stories told me all the ways to get there ♪ ♪ ooh ♪ so on and on i go ♪ the seconds tick the time out there's so much left to know ♪ ♪ while i'm on the road to find out ♪ >> everyone was just trying to do whatever came into their head. >> in the early days paul and i we wanted to be the goffin and king of england. you know goffin and king were
very big those days. >> we had no idea who the people were, the mysterious mr. king was. who had written all these songs, "chains" the beatles did, "i'm into something good," which was part of the british invasion. we did discover this remarkable woman, carole king. >> carole king made the transition from being behind-the-scenes woman to a star in her own right. ♪ i feel the earth move under my feet, i feel the sky tumbling down ♪ ♪ i feel my heart start to tremble whenever you're around ♪ >> carole king is the embodiment of what happens. because in the '60s she is trying to write hit songs for other people. then in the '70s with "tapestry" it's the definition of an album of self-expression. let me go into my house in laurel canyon and tell you about my life. >> after church you always went out for pancakes. if you were lucky enough to ride in one of the girl's cars, you know what you're listening to? "tapestry." ♪
>> there were a lot of very important women who were some of the most significant writers and contributors to music at the time. >> we're going to do a song written by my friend john david souther, who's my favorite california songwriter and one of my favorite singers. it's called "faithless love." >> she was in many ways my greatest collaborator. i mean, i became a professional songwriter because the best voice of my generation was doing my songs. ♪ faithless love ♪ like a river flows ♪ raindrops falling ♪ on a broken rose >> for my money, linda is still underrated just for sheer singing power and style and emotion. ♪ and the night blows in like a cold dark wind ♪
♪ faithless love, like a river flows ♪ >> there have been articles and things that identify me with the l.a. sound, me and jackson browne and the eagles. we need some new blood in this town. you know, we're starting to get stale. ♪ ♪ she rings like a bell through the night ♪ ♪ but you love to love her >> the original fleetwood mac was a four-piece full-on blues band. >> they were an english band that became a dual citizenship band. they were as american as they were british. ♪ a woman taken by the wind >> we had an album out, two years previous to joining fleetwood mac, called
"buckingham nicks." and mick really liked the music. and they asked us to join. ♪ >> fleetwood mac, first stevie and lindsey album for sure changed our lives. we had arrived. ♪ freedom >> describe being rich and famous in california. >> this is it, kid. ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ forever ♪ ever ♪ >> hit records sometimes bore an audience. oh, well. they're not going to have another hit. or this one isn't as good as that. >> record companies like frothing at the mouth, the imaging of the band was becoming a whole thing. so we were getting ready to make "rumors," with everyone falling apart.
♪ if loving you isn't the right to do ♪ ♪ how can i ever change things that i feel ♪ >> the band is five people, five very independent, quite strong minded, quite stubborn individuals. ♪ if i could, baby, i'd give you my world ♪ >> two lovely couples, john and chris married. their marriage was on the rocks. and stevie and lindsey might as well have been married. that all was falling apart. ♪ you can go your own way ♪ go your own way ♪ you can call it another lonely day ♪ >> we were testifying. and "rumors" became the church.
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didn't want you around ♪ ♪ those pretty faces always seem to stand out in a crowd ♪ >> how long you been singing? >> three years. >> see, you went to grab it right away. snatch it right out of my hand. >> michael was precocious. he knew he was cute. you would watch him go from that to commanding a stage in front of 15,000 people. amazing. ♪ ooh, baby give me one more chance ♪ ♪ show you that i love you, won't you please let me ♪ ♪ back to you heart ♪ oh, darling i was trying to let you go ♪ ♪ >> the only american group to have four consecutive number one records. ♪ oh, oh, oh ♪ i want you back >> for the first time young black kids had their beatles. >> hey, man. >> what has five hands? >> ten legs. >> and 11 alphabet letters. >> you don't know?
the jackson five. >> that's us. >> and that's no jive. >> the jacksons were the last act from the classic motown hitsville system. >> motown was a very unique place. because a lot of record companies were being run by businessmen. we had a music man at the helm. berry gordy was a songwriter. he said i'm going to make music for the world. >> ironically, here he was trying his best to make black music that would cross over to the white world. ended up making the greatest black music ever. >> he created a machine where you take the artist and polish them up and make them a great package that they can play the "ed sullivan show" and kill. >> back in the '60s, marvin gaye wanted to be frank sinatra. >> he was svelte, clean-shaven, debonair, and all that changed in the '70s. >> marvin wanted to compete at a high level. why can't i make a record like the beatles? i'm selling records like they sell. why can't i have that artistic expression? ♪ picket sign
♪ punish me ♪ with brutality ♪ talk to me ♪ so you can see ♪ oh, what's going on ♪ what's going on yeah, what's going on ♪ ♪ tell me what's going on ♪ ooh >> marvin gaye was very much affected by the vietnam war. his brother was in vietnam. so he's hearing all these stories about what's going on over there. he's seeing the protests here and it's changing him. >> he holds up a mirror to america, look at yourself, america. >> he's talking about the war, he's talking about poverty. changing as an artist in a way that berry gordy is not super happy about. ♪ mother mother, everybody thinks we're wrong, they do ♪ >> initially berry gordy did not not want marvin to do "what's going on." >> motown was supposed to be
nonthreatening. here you now have marvin gaye making a protest record about the war. that could potentially ruin good money. you don't lightly talk about the government. ♪ yes, i want to know what's going on right now ♪ >> ultimately when he agrees to put out "what's going on," berry tells marvin, okay, if you're right, i'll learn something. and if i'm right, you'll learn something. and of course, as berry will say, i learned something. >> every artist at motown was suddenly also wanting to try their chance at freedom. >> when people say soul, they put you in one category. they say, "he's a soul artist." that's all they expect for you to sing. that's all they want you to sing. that's not true. soul is being able to express yourself. stevie wonder went to berry gordy and he negotiated his creative freedom and he used every bit of it.
♪ very superstitious, writings on the wall ♪ >> stevie wonder making some of the greatest records anyone has ever made in popular music in america, back to back to back. ♪ letter's about to fall >> it's the equivalent of shooting a perfect shot from half court with your eyes closed. "music of my mind." oh, he made it. he ain't going to do it again. "talking book." "innervisions." "fulfillingness first finale." oh, my god, he did it. and then suddenly "songs in the key of life." ♪ when you believe in things you don't understand ♪ ♪ then you suffer ♪ superstition ain't the way >> what the beatles did in the '60s i feel stevie wonder was the person to do that for music in the '70s. [ cheers and applause ]
♪ >> hi, there. welcome aboard. you're right on time for a beautiful trip on "the soul train." if the sight and sound of soul is your pleasure and what you treasure, you can bet your bottom we got them, baby. >> "soul train" finally offered america its first view of afrocentricity. it was a new idea to say black is beautiful. >> i would run home from church to get home to see "soul train." it was the one reliable place to see the artists you loved. >> there's no question that "soul train" broke a lot of artists and introduced a lot of artists to audiences they never performed for before. ♪ she's a dynamite attraction ♪ >> ten years before he did the moonwalk, michael jackson debuted the robot in 1973 on "soul train." >> people had done the robot before.
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rock, the music that infuriated so many people in the '50s and '60s. the music that so many thought too loud, vulgar and somehow dangerous to our morals. rock has not only refused to go away, it has become an institution. ♪ >> heart was a big deal because in a decade that was dominated by a type of rock 'n roll that rhymes with rock and begins with a "c," but i won't go on further, they were willing to play with those guys and succeed on their terms. >> the stuff from the '60s was like oh, that's way too hippie, now we have to up it a notch. ♪ >> the audiences have come to expect a better standard of performance. a better quality of lighting and
sound and staging. they've come to expect a show. ♪ we still have time and i still might get by ♪ ♪ every time i think about it i want to cry ♪ >> in the '70s the groups started to become more theatrical. they realized just giving them the music isn't enough. we've got to give them something to look at. >> more naked people, more misbehavior, more over the top stuff going on. just -- just more. ♪ oh ♪ no time >> playing stadiums was too unreal. it would just be a sea of faces into infinity. ♪ with your sweet bag of lies ♪ crazy, crazy, crazy ♪ crazy on you >> stadium tours put a lot of people near music. what they also do is force the musicians to play to the back of the hall.
>> in the '70s that distance between the performer on stage and that audience grew. >> if you went to any of the big arena rock shows, it was always about the star up here and the audience down here and this sort of iconography of the rock star as this huge figure. ♪ crazy, crazy on you >> it was bound to happen but it comes as a shock nevertheless. in a poll taken by a leading pop music magazine in england, the beatles came in second. the most popular rock group in england these days is called the led zeppelin. >> in their 20s, they are rich, powerful, temperamental, and pampered. they are the led zeppelin, a rock group on tour, and in the vernacular of the record biz, where to be merely big is nothing, the zeppelin is very big.
to get around, the zeppelin uses a chartered 707, the kind of plane president nixon uses. ♪ the president's plane doesn't have an organ nor a 15-foot mirrored bar, nor in the private quarters does it have two bedrooms and a fireplace. >> i'm a bit upset it doesn't have a pool table on board. apart from that, i think this is about the best way to travel. >> americans are now spending $2 billion a year on music. that's $700 million more than the whole movie industry grosses from ticket sales in one year. about three times the amount of money taken in by all spectator sports. >> i'm telling you rock 'n' roll basically is no different than ibm, xerox, sarah lee, chevrolet. supply and demand, it's the same business. >> rock 'n' roll had been a little gritty novelty business. it was not the center of the world in the '50s and '60s. and in the '70s it becomes the main event. and that has repercussions in all sorts of positive and
negative ways. >> the total cost of this tour is $3.5 million. now, the gross for the tour is in the region of $11 million. so yeah, it's a living. >> it was so decadent and over the top and money just -- whoo -- being thrown against the wall. >> feel like a hypocrite, if you are consistently evoking the ideas of young people and bouncing off the ideas of young people, taking young people's money and putting it in your pocket, you know, and really what you are is you're a middle-aged family man. and it's only the hypocrisy that i'm worried about. ♪ >> bruce springsteen was trying to reclaim the soul of rock 'n' roll by going back to basics. >> using elements from the past that were kind of being discarded at that point. ♪ in the day we sweat out on the streets of a runaway american dream ♪ >> using a sound that was not on the radio.
and was not what was mainstream rock. ♪ sprung from cages on highway 9 ♪ ♪ chrome wheeled, fuel injected, stepping out over the line, oh ♪ >> bruce springsteen created his own counterculture. it just speaks exactly to the american spirit. you couldn't hit it on the head more than bruce springsteen did. ♪ baby, we were born to run ♪ yeah, yes we were >> "born to run" was a towering statement in the middle of the '70s. it was the cover of "time" and "newsweek." >> bruce did not like it at the time. me, on the other hand, my friend's on the cover of "newsweek." this is cool. ♪ >> when "born to run" comes out in 1975 it is the desire to escape the claustrophobia of the 1970s. it is an anthem to save your soul.
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invited to david mancuso's legendary space in soho called the loft. i thought that was one of the most utopian scenes i had ever encountered in music. >> mancuso is one of the guys who really took the art form of playing the records and how he curated the records. he might play isaac hayes' record, he might play a salsa record. it wasn't so much about a style as it was an an aesthetic of dancing. >> there all types of people here. people who dance, people who hop up and down. you can get high. stay here all night. >> why are people dancing again? >> i wish i knew. but i'm glad it's happening. ♪ >> what we now know as disco really starts with a band called the trammps. the drummer, earl young, invents
the idea of four on the floor with eight on the high hat. so everything is -- bam, bam, bam. ♪ burn, baby, burn >> that's the sound of disco. ♪ burn, baby, burn ♪ burn, baby, burn >> i loved disco. i always loved dance music anyway. because whatever i did as a producer was always danceable. >> the melody. >> giorgio moroder working out of munich put together technology and soulful vocalists. donna summer being the ultimate embodiment. and they make some of the biggest record of all time. ♪ ooh, love to love you, baby ooh, love to love you, baby ♪ >> "love to love you baby" was four minutes of singing. 14 minutes of -- a lot of not singing. ♪ oh, love to love you, baby
♪ oh, love to love you, baby >> i always wondered for the life of me like was more oeder just in the booth, more passion, more -- >> actually, i threw everybody out of the studio, switched the lights off, made sure that the tape is running and i said, okay, let's do it. and i think she did it in ten minutes. ♪ oh >> the donna summer records were some of the biggest records of all time. and they kicked off a revolution. ♪ ♪ i wanna do it till the sun comes up ♪ >> unless you've been living in a sealed cave, you probably noticed america's latest craze is disco dancing. that's dancin' without the "g." >> what's disco? >> snuffy, where have you been? ♪ i want to put on my, my, my, my boogie shoes and boogie with you ♪
>> the queen of the discos take in, what they generate with the records, we are talking about an estimated $4 billion -- that's with a "b" -- $4 billion a year. >> i remember really being upset about this word disco. it was r&b music to me. i felt like they stripped it and gave it a new name and weren't giving credit where i think the credit was supposed to go. >> do it again. second half of the chorus but bring that sound in. that's great. ♪ yeah. one, two, three, four. ♪ tragedy >> the bee gees always liked r&b. they always liked soul. i always thought they were a pop band that always had r&b leanings. >> the bee gees do what pop stars do. they really got the zeitgeist of what was going on. ♪ ah, ah, ah, ah ♪ staying alive ♪ staying alive ♪ ah, ah, ah, ah ♪ staying alive [ applause ]
>> this is the scene outside a new york disco called studio 54. this is the place that's in with the disco crowd. >> i have been to goat ropings and space shots. i've been in a lot of strange places and seen a lot of strange things but nothing stranger than studio 54 at the height of its popularity in the '70s. ♪ >> it's where you come when you want to escape. it's really escapism. >> in the front door of that spot was insane. i sometimes would walk by to watch the people not get in. because that was fun, too. >> oh, you're not shaved. there's no way you're going to get in. it doesn't matter. if you're not shaven, just go home. >> you had to be selected. you had to be chosen to get in. >> we can't let in everybody who wants to come in. i wish we could. ♪ oh, freak out ♪ le freak, c'est chic ♪ freak out >> the great chic, led by bernard edwards and niall rogers, go to studio 54 to get in. and they don't. so they write a song. ♪ have you heard about the knew
dance craze ♪ ♪ listen to us i'm sure you'll be amazed ♪ >> it was kind of a diss to studio 54 for rejecting them. the part where they say "freak out" actually began as something else. ♪ freak out ♪ le freak, c'est chic >> it went from something off to freak off to being freak out. ♪ just come on down to the 54 ♪ find a spot out on the floor ♪ oh, freak out >> that's probably the best thing that ever came out of studio 54 was that song. >> disco was a revolutionary force. funk marries disco and it leads to hip-hop. >> it's 1979, i heard chic's "good times" come on. i kept hearing somebody talk over the song.
♪ to the hip, hip hip-hop you don't stop ♪ ♪ a rock it out bubba to the bang, bang boogie boobie ♪ ♪ to the rhythm of the boogie the beat ♪ ♪ to the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie the beat ♪ >> what you hear is not a -- rock to the beat me the groove and my friends are going to try to move your feet. >> what's great about the song is that's where hip-hop gets its name from. >> we didn't know it was called "rapper's delight." >> so when people talk about it, they go what is that hip-hop song? it was the first to crack the top 40. >> it changes everything. >> "rapper's delight" in 1979 opens the door to the last new american art form, which is hip-hop. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪
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kick out the jams, mother [ bleep ]. >> detroit, 1969 is where punk was originally born. ♪ yeah, it's all right >> the motor city five and iggy and the stooges release two pioneering albums that indicate there's a new style of music coming back. it's a garage rock. it's minimalist. it's aggressive. it's loud and it's very often obnoxious. ♪ got to kick out the jams,
yeah, kick out the jams ♪ ♪ got to kick 'em out >> punk rock was so f'ing scary to us because here we are with our big majestic songs. and here comes punk with their -- ♪ >> the ramones get started as a reaction of everything else that's going on. people see them and go this is the answer. ♪ hey, ho, let's go hey, ho, let's go ♪ >> here to see how great rock 'n roll is supposed to be done. >> how is it supposed to be done? >> no pyrotechnics, no phony showmanship. just pure rock 'n roll. pure guts, pure stamina. ♪ ♪ they're piling in the backseat they're generating steam heat ♪ ♪ pulsating to the back beat ♪ blitzkrieg bop >> just real and raw and there's no crap involved, as opposed to the standard schlap we hear on
the top 40. >> the ramones are part of a wider new york scene. >> you had people like patti smith. >> i'm an artist. rock 'n' roll is my art. >> the new york dolls. >> the dead boys. >> rock and roll anybody can play. >> and richard hell. >> richard hell was one to cut his own hair. ripping his clothes and safety pinning them together. >> he was the king of the punks. the safety pin thing, for instance, is his. it's pretty clear that he invented that. ♪ hey, ho, let's go >> punk in the united states is a statement of sorts of what music is and how it ought to be played. in england, punk rock is not a musical statement, it is a social one. >> if punk has a home territory, it is here on kings road in the middle of london, the same street that launched the mini skirt and the look and mood of the swinging '60s. >> what's this done for us? nothing.
ain't got me a job. >> there isn't any future for a kid now. i mean there isn't. >> there is an indigenous anger and frustration that drove a lot of punk on and got a lot of people behind it. ♪ london calling through the far away towns ♪ ♪ war is declared and battle come down ♪ >> you have been said to be a political group. >> yeah, i've said it. it's true. >> if there were jobs, maybe we'd be singing about love and kissing or something. >> the clash, musically, is the best of the lot. doesn't sound like traditional punk, but it doesn't sound like anybody else but the clash either. ♪ but i have no fear because london is drowning ♪ ♪ i live by the river >> punk was a wide umbrella and that wider scene included people who were a little bit more complex in their musical performance style. people aren't going to buy
something that you call punk. they might buy it if you call it new wave. >> we hear a lot about punk rock these days. can we have your thoughts on that? >> i think it's better to just call it a new wave, really. i think by defining it as punk you're automatically putting a boundary around what is possible. bands like talking heads are excellent. >> talking heads was the ultimate. they did spiky music that reflected who they were and particularly reflected the fascinating individual that david byrne would emerge to become. >> i wrote a song about urban guerrillas from the point of view of their daily lives instead of the point of view of their politics. ♪ heard of a van that is loaded with weapons ♪ ♪ packed up and ready to go >> this area of new wave music is where stars of the 1980s are going to come from. ♪ >> what makes the '70s so
special is that there's still a sense of naivety, the thought that music could really make a difference in your life. ♪ this ain't no party this ain't no disco ♪ ♪ this ain't no fooling around no time for dancing ♪ ♪ or lovey-dovey i ain't got time for that now ♪ >> you pick any genre you like and the best music made in that genre is made in the 1970s, and you'll have a hard time proving me wrong. >> what was great about a me decade is it allowed the greatest artists of our times to do their greatest work because they were really exploring. that's as deep as popular art ever gets. ♪ i might not ever get home ♪ this ain't no party ♪ this ain't no disco ♪ this ain't no fooling around ♪ i love to hold you ♪ i love to kiss you ♪ i ain't got time for that now ♪ ♪ ♪ i must say to you that the
state of the union is not good. >> well these people, somehow, turn politics into power and make the government work. >> we are privileged to witness a significant achieve. i must say to you that the state of the union is not good. >> well these people, somehow, turn politics into power and make the government work. >> we are privileged to witness a significant achieve. in the cause of peace. >> what was once a distant foreign policy issue has become a domestic issue. >> there is no malaise in the spirit of this country. >> we can turn this country around and we can turn our economy around and the time to do it is now.